Computer Burn Out


My PC will not turn off unless I unplug it from the wall. I hold the power button in for 20 seconds or so and nothing happens. Normlly just a couple seconds and it turns off. The monitor isn't recognized anymore so I can't see what is happening when I plug the cpu back in. The fans turn on, but I don't think much more happens once I plug the cpu back in.

A side note: The day I discovered the problem with the PC, I woke up to the smell of like wire burning, or something shorting out? I am now wondering if the smell was coming from the pc?

I am wondering how I can diagnose the problem? Could it be the video card that is the problem? Motherboard?

Any ideas?



This question was answered on August 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you're right about that smell and it did come from your computer then you're in trouble Open your computer and try to either find what was burnning or try to find where the smell is comming from Check your rams if it's seated propertly if you never messed with the inside of yoru computer then your ram should be fine But I think your mother might be a problem if that was burned then say goodbye to it and buy a new one Carlos Millan Jr.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 27, 2003